The Earth Day Food & Wine Festival April 16-18 in Paso Robles is a benefit event supporting farmworker education and sustainable agricultural research by the Central Coast Vineyard Team. The Central Coast Vineyard Team is a collaboration of 300 growers, wineries, consultants’ researchers and other professionals dedicated to sustainable winegrowing on California’s Central Coast.
As an Earth Day event the festival is proud to being a zero-waste event, in 2009 only two bags of trash was generated for over 1,000 visitors. The food from local chefs and farmers is served with recyclable and compostable plates, bowls and utensils and with the help of on-site volunteers and the San Luis Obispo Integrated Waste Management Authority, disposal waste containers around the site properly sort the material. Even the entertainment stage is solar powered compliments of Pacific Energy Company.
The Food & Wine Festival begins in the afternoon of Friday, April 16 with a Private Barrel Tastings at Hahn Estates Winery in Soledad and J Lohr Vineyards and Wines in Paso Robles. In the evening Ancient Peaks Winery in Santa Margarita hosts a “Sustainable Feast” with a gourmet meal prepared by The Range. Also happening that evening is “The Art of Wine” at Studios on the Park in Paso Robles where you can enjoy the fusion of art and wine in downtown Paso Robles while touring artists’ studios, tasting fine wines from local boutique wineries and locally sourced hors d’oeuvers and cheeses.
On Saturday, April 17 the event starts with the Saxum Wine Tasting with winemaker Justin Smith at the Saxum winery. Unfortunately this event is sold out. But in the afternoon the Earth Day Food & Wine Festival opens on Santa Margarita Ranch at 1:00 p.m. Later that evening the fun moves to D’Anbino Vineyards for live music by the D’Anbino family and their musical friends at their tasting room turned jazz club.
Sunday, April 18 starts with a vineyard tour at Halter Ranch with a picnic brunch by Chef Michele Knecht. Halter Ranch on the Westside of Paso Robles is a beautiful 250 acre vineyard surrounded by oaks, hawks and wildflowers. In the afternoon Margarita Vineyard hosts the “Secrets of Sustainability” Tour of their vineyards.
You can purchase tickets at the Earth Day Food & Wine Festival website.
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